The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African-American Quilt Scholar and The Friendly Quilters
The Mercer Museum hosts two African-American quilt exhibits featuring both traditional and contemporary pieces. Upacking Collections highlights the work of the late Cuesta Benberry, a 20th century pioneer in the field of American and African-American quilt-making and features more than 13 quilts from her collection. The exhibit is a Michigan State University Museum/Great Lakes Quilt Center activity, and is made possible by a Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives at Michigan State University with additional support from an anonymous gift. 21st Century Traditions features more than 20 quilts by the Friendly Quilters, Philadelphia-area quilters who produce both traditional and innovative textiles that push the boundaries of African-American quilt-making. The exhibit is included with museum admission.